2012 Hurricane Season Begins Today: Are You Ready?

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(Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

(Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Ready or not, the 2012 Atlantic Hurricane season officially begins today, and as a Floridian you need to be prepared should a hurricane or tropical storm impact the area.

The Atlantic Hurricane season runs from June 1st-November 31st every year, and despite some years being less active than others, you should always be prepared. There are a few things you should always have on hand in order to survive the storm.

Hurricane Preparedness Kit

This kit should be freshened and checked every year and throughout hurricane season. This kit should include items that you would need should you lose power or find yourself trapped in your home. The American Red Cross suggests you include the following items in your kit:

  • Water—one gallon per person, per day (3­day supply for evacuation, 2­week supply for home)
  • Food—non­perishable, easy­ to­ prepare items (3­day supply for evacuation, 2­week supply for home)
  • Flashlight
  • Battery­ powered or hand­ crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
  • Extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Medications (7­day supply) and medical items
  • Multi­purpose tool
  • Sanitation and personal hygiene items
  • Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies)
  • Cell phone with chargers
  • Family and emergency contact information
  • Extra cash
  • Emergency blanket
  • Map(s) of the area

Evacuation Plan

It is also a good idea to have an evacuation plan and know the routes you would need to take should you be told to evacuate the area. Be aware if you live in an evacuation zone or flood prone area. If you live along the coast, storm surge could pose a major risk to your safety as well as inhibit rescue once the storm begins.

Many bridges and causeways close after the winds reach a certain velocity, so if you’re told to evacuate it is highly advised to do so as emergency vehicles may not be dispatched during the height of the storm.

Take seriously the lesson Hurricane Andrew and Katrina taught many people: don’t ride out the storm if you’re told to evacuate. There are plenty of storm shelters that open during a storm and certain shelters house special needs evacuees.

As Floridians, we are more likely to be affected by a tropical system than any other state in the United States, mainly due to our location. Therefore, it is vital we are prepared for such events.

You won’t want to miss our Hurricane I-Can-Be-Prepared Expo happening Saturday, June 9th from 10am-5pm at the Seminole Towne Center Mall. Get all of the info on this important safety event by clicking here.

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